T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their
generous support of the 2019 Symposium


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$®
2020 National Professional Development Symposium

A Rich History, A Promising Future
30 Years of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®

April 21-22, 2020 

 Friday Conference Center 
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 

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The National T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Professional Development Symposium is held annually in Chapel Hill,
North Carolina. 


Who Should Attend

  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® staff.
  • Professionals supporting the professional development of the early education workforce, including non-profit organization professionals and higher education faculty.
  • Partners working in or on behalf of early education systems including state and national governmental agency personnel, funders and others working on professional development systems.


Symposium Offerings

  • Workshops and panel presentations addressing
    • Staff development and day to day operations of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ initiatives
    • Broader issues of professional development, quality improvement systems, higher education, advocacy and public policy for all early childhood professionals
  • Nationally known speakers who address topics timely to the field
  • Networking opportunities with peers from across the country

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2019 Symposium Roundup


Opening Keynote Address - Transforming Early Childhood Jobs: Toward a System that Works for Early Educators, Children, and Families
Presented by: Caitlin McLean, Center for the Study of Child care Employment

What folks had to say!

  • “The information shared was valuable and I left thinking about new ways to share this information in our state and local communities."
  • "Statistical data is essential to making improvements and changes in the field."
  • "Great points were made especially about equity and the intersection of race and gender—powerful truths. The data was empowering."
  • "The information was very compelling."


Plenary Panel Presentation –What It Will Take to Move to a Bachelor’s Degree Standard for Lead Early Educators
Panelists included: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Advisory Committee members Helen Blank, former Director of Child Care and Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center; Ana De Hoyos O’Connor, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Studies, San Antonio College; and Carol Brunson Day, President, Brunson, Phillips & Day, Inc., with Sue Russell, Executive Director of the T.E.A.C.H. National Center, unpacked and discussed the ‘Only Ifs’ around the bachelor’s degree requirement for lead teachers in early childhood classrooms.

  • Only if the requirement it is not an unfair burden on the backs of the workforce.
  • Only if diversity is maintained.
  • Only if there is enough time for the workforce to meet the standard.
  • Only if the workforce is fairy paid for the education they have received.

What folks had to say!

  • "Hearing the panelist’s discussion gives me helpful tips of ways to bring this conversation to my agency and to my committees."
  • "There were so many good answers to the questions posed by the facilitator."
  • "I loved listening to the history and knowledge of the experts."
  • "I was so impressed by the panel and their expertise."
  • "I loved all different points of view and the challenging topic."
  • "Such amazing visionaries."

Click here for 2019 Symposium Program


Previous Plenary Panel Presentation Video Links


2018 Plenary Panel featured a panel including Tracy Ehlert, former T.E.A.C.H. recipient, in home early educator and candidate for the Iowa House-District 70; Bweikia Foster Steen, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Early Childhood Programs at Trinity Washington University; and Michele Miller-Cox, former T.E.A.C.H. recipient, SAS Montessori Pre-school teacher and Adjunct Instructor at both Wake Tech Community College and NC A&T, speaking on the topic, Education is a Game Changer.

2016 Plenary Panel featured a panel including Carol Brunson Day, Brunson, Phillips & Day; Florianna Thompson, Wake Technical Community College; and Dan Haggard, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, in Let’s Talk About it: Issues of Race, Gender and Equity in our Everyday Lives as Early Childhood Professionals.


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